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Avoid a Serious Head Injury By Choosing the Right Helmet

Helmets are designed to provide protection in motorcycle crashes, football games, and other activities that expose the head to impact and injury. A helmet can mean the difference between life and death. Yet some helmets are sold even though they do not meet minimum federal standards. Some helmets are labeled as complying with standards which they do not in fact meet. And some helmets still get sold even after the manufacturers have pulled them from the market.

Before buying a helmet, do some research.

First, NEVER buy a helmet that does not have a label indicating compliance with DOT standards.

Second, we recommend that you buy a helmet approval by Snell. The Snell Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helmet testing and the development of helmet safety standards. Snell independently tests helmets to ensure they meet Snell’s strict standards, which require the helmet to absorb substantially greater forces than the U.S. Department of Transportation. A label indicating Snell compliance may be fake, so check the Snell website to verify that the helmet has been tested and approved by Snell.

Third, learn how to identify an unsafe helmet.

Fourth, avoid used or “hand-me-down” helmets. If the helmet has been dropped, crashed or damaged in the past, it may not protect fully. Any helmet that has suffered damage or been involved in a crash should be replaced and the old helmet should be destroyed.

Last, buy a good helmet and make sure to use it.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to a defective helmet or the negligence of another, please call a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer at Kelley/Uustal.

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